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  • It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • With no desire, at rest and still, All things go right as of their will.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • So it is that some things are increased by being diminished, and others are diminished by being increased.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


  • The further one goes, the less one knows.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The road you can talk about is not the road you can walk on
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The wise man is one who, knows, what he does not know.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • The Wise Man is square but not sharp, honest but not not malign, straight but not severe, bright but not dazzling.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that their use depends.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")

  • To understand the limitation of things, desire them.
    (Lao Tzu, "Tao Te Ching")


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